Governor Wolf Announces Support for 17 Municipal Stormwater Projects in Pennsylvania Counties in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

first_img June 29, 2017 Environment,  Press Release York, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding to support 17 municipal stormwater projects in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.“The convenience we all enjoy with pavement comes with a tangible cost: increased runoff pollution in our local waters,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m pleased to support the municipalities—towns, cities, and other large land owners—striving to meet the stormwater challenge in Pennsylvania.”DEP is ramping up its work on implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit program, which incorporates more stringent stormwater management requirements. About 1,000 municipalities around the state must meet new requirements; approximately 340 are in the 43 Pennsylvania counties in the Bay watershed.“To make the greatest, most timely impact with our resources,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This funding targets projects in our Bay watershed counties with the highest pollutant loads. Collectively, the projects will remove 396 pounds of phosphorous, 2,800 pounds of nitrogen, and almost 800,000 pounds of sediment from local waters.”Projects are funded through the EPA Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants Program, a vital part of Pennsylvania’s progress in cleaning up its local waters and thereby benefiting the Bay.Earlier today, Secretary McDonnell acknowledged the projects in-person at an event at the York County Prison to showcase the county’s model approach to stormwater management.The prison project—converting stormwater basins to bioretention basins—was one of 19 projects chosen last year for EPA grant funding. Led by the York County Planning Commission, it reflects the county’s outstanding teamwork approach to municipal stormwater management.“The County of York and 43 municipalities are working together to clean up impaired streams through their MS4 [stormwater] permits,” said Felicia Dell, director of the York County Planning Commission. “Together we’ve developed a regional plan that identifies best management practices and collectively funds and constructs them. The municipalities should be lauded for their vision and spirit of cooperation.”The complete list of projects approved includes:Altoona City: St. Therese of the Child Jesus rain garden phase 2 ($55,349)Blair Township: Edgewood Drive stormwater basin retrofit ($100,000)Carlisle Borough: Urban stormwater park native wetland plantings ($200,000)Denver Borough: Denver Memorial Park rain gardens and streambank restoration ($38,220)Duncansville Borough: Duncansville Memorial Park bioretention, rain gardens, and permeable pavement ($200,000)East Lampeter Township: Mill Bridge Campground riparian buffer stream restoration ($199,610)Goldsboro Borough: Stream restoration between South York and Water Streets ($86,290)Mechanicsburg: Northside stormwater basin retrofit ($164,381)Mount Joy Borough: Rotary Park vegetation swale ($64,633) and Pink Alley stormwater basin retrofit ($40,422)Lancaster Township: Kensington Club stormwater basin retrofit ($200,000)Lemoyne Borough: Streambank restoration at Harrisburg Academy ($176,700)Paradise Township: BMC Paradise Truss Plant retrofit ($142,082)Paxtang Borough: Paxtang Parkway rain garden ($72,000)Rapho Township: Lefever Road stormwater basin retrofit ($161,360)Spring Grove Borough: Campus Avenue stream restoration phase 1 ($185,000)York: Memorial Park Poorhouse Run streambank restoration ($200,00) SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Support for 17 Municipal Stormwater Projects in Pennsylvania Counties in Chesapeake Bay Watershedlast_img read more

Smith hits unbeaten 141 to usher Aussies to safety

first_imgBRISBANE (Reuters) – A captain’s century hewn from granite and two wickets in a fiery pace assault after tea saw Australia wrest the momentum away from England by the end of an enthralling day three of the series-opening Ashes Test in Brisbane on Saturday.Josh Hazlewood snared two victims to leave England 33 for two at stumps and clinging to a seven-run lead after skipper Steve Smith inspired the hosts with a brilliant, unbeaten 141 in front of a grateful crowd of 33,474 at the Gabba.Opener Mark Stoneman, on 19 not out, and Joe Root on five survived a furious pace examination in the final overs as the pitch grew appreciably quicker.With Australia teetering at 76 for four on day two and their nearly 30-year unbeaten record at the Gabba seemingly in peril, Smith dragged his side back from the brink over eight-and-a-half hours of steely application.By the time tail-ender Nathan Lyon edged to Alastair Cook in the slips, marking the end of Australia’s innings of 328, Smith strode off to a hero’s ovation, having pushed his side 26 runs in front of England’s first innings 302.“It’ll be up there definitely, obviously with the team in a bit of trouble,” Smith told reporters when asked if was the most satisfying ton of his career.“I had to bat some time and dig really deep … I think it was my slowest hundred, someone told me, had to work hard and be really disciplined and resilient.”Smith’s team mates inspired and his pacemen hitting the deck hard, Cook was soon out cheaply for a second time in the test.Caught behind for two off Mitchell Starc in the first innings, Cook was caught for seven by the paceman in the deep when he tried to hook a short ball from Josh Hazlewood away to safety.Hazlewood then had an uneasy James Vince out for two with a rearing delivery that sent an edge to Smith in the slips.Moments later, Starc struck Root in the helmet with a venomous delivery and took turns with Cummins to pepper Stoneman with short balls.Root and Stoneman will face more of the same in the morning, but Stuart Broad felt England were in the best position they had been at a Gabba Test in over 30 years.“Actually we’re in a lot of control of this game after three days,” he said. “It’s in our hands to bat big tomorrow.”CUMMINS CAMEO Cummins earlier provided fine support to Smith with a knock of 42 in a 66-run partnership, surviving for all but 10 minutes of the middle session until he was finally caught at slip off all-rounder Chris Woakes.Smith, who began the day on 64, moved slowly but purposefully towards his century and soaked up eight successive dot balls when on 97 before Broad finally gave an opening.The skipper pounced on a fuller, wide delivery, smashing a drive past mid-off for four, triggering a huge roar from the sell-out crowd.Having completed his sixth Ashes ton, Smith tore off his helmet, raised his arms in triumph and beat his chest twice in a fired-up celebration, one of the most ardent of his 21 test hundreds.It helped swing the match back into balance after England’s veteran pacemen had dominated the morning.ENGLAND 1st innings 302 (J. Vince 83, D. Malan 56, M. Stoneman 53) Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 165-4)C. Bancroft c Bairstow b Broad 5D. Warner c Malan b Ball 26U. Khawaja lbw b Ali 11S. Smith not out 141P. Handscomb lbw b Anderson 14S. Marsh c Anderson b Broad 51T. Paine c Bairstow b Anderson 13M. Starc c&b Broad 6P. Cummins c Cook b Woakes 42J. Hazlewood b Ali 6N. Lyon c Cook b Root 9Extras (lb-1 nb-1 w-2) 4Total (all out, 130.3 overs) 328Fall of wickets: 1-7 C. Bancroft,2-30 U. Khawaja,3-59 D. Warner,4-76 P. Handscomb,5-175 S. Marsh,6-202 T. Paine,7-209 M. Starc,8-275 P. Cummins,9-298 J. Hazlewood,10-328 N. LyonBowling: J. Anderson 29 – 10 – 50 – 2, S. Broad 25 – 10 – 49 – 3,M. Ali 30 – 8 – 74 – 2, C. Woakes 24 – 5 – 67 – 1,J. Ball 18 – 3 – 77 – 1(nb-1 w-2) J. Root 4.3 – 0 – 10 – 1ENGLAND 2nd inningsA. Cook c Starc b Hazlewood 7M. Stoneman not out 19J. Vince c Smith b Hazlewood 2J. Root not out 5Extras 0Total (for 2 wickets, 16 overs) 33Fall of wickets: 1-11 A. Cook,2-17 J. VinceTo bat: D. Malan, M. Ali, J. Bairstow, C. Woakes, S. Broad, J. Ball, J. AndersonBowling: M. Starc 5 – 1 – 14 – 0,J. Hazlewood 5 – 1 – 11 – 2,P. Cummins 3 – 2 – 1 – 0, N. Lyon 3 – 0 – 7 – 0.last_img read more

Syracuse dominates Clemson, 86-51, behind all-around performance

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Clemson opened the game with a 15-foot miss from the elbow.Off the miss, Tiana Mangakahia flew down the court and drove to the basket, making the layup through contact and drawing the foul. She converted the and-1 opportunity. Syracuse never looked back.“We were hoping we would start fast,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said.Syracuse (16-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast)  dominated Clemson (11-10, 1-7), 86-51, on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome, moving to 11-0 on its home floor this season. Syracuse proved more efficient than Clemson as both teams had 36 first-half possessions, but SU parlayed its chances into 14 more points. The Orange shot 51.5 percent from the field in the contest, had four players reach double-digits and never trailed in the entire game. Players and Hillsman hope the shellacking translates into momentum in conference play, especially on the road.“I think it’s good for the team, everyone contributing,” Mangakahia said. “Even the things that aren’t in the stats, defensively. All of that has a big impact on our next game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Clemson’s brick on its first possession, Syracuse rapidly moved the needle in its favor, going up 14-2 just more than four minutes into the game.Fueling the run were relentless transition pushes led by Mangakahia  — the Orange was able to run out due to Clemson opening the game ice cold, going 1-for-11 in the first 4:31 — and turnovers. The Tigers finished with 21 giveaways.“I don’t know if we had a lot of turnovers in our press,” Hillsman said. “We had a lot of turnovers in the halfcourt.”Gabrielle Cooper started hot from outside, canning three of her first four 3-point attempts, mostly getting open looks from drive-and-kick plays. One such play came as Mangakahia drove under the hoop but got cut off. Her pass to Digna Strautmane got partially deflected, but the Latvian freshman scooped up the ball heading to the rim and flipped the ball to a wide-open Cooper on the right wing. Cooper drained it.“She’s done a good job,” Hillsman said of the sophomore shooting guard, “and she’s trying to lead our team … She’s doing well and she’s stepping up at this point.”At the end of the first quarter, Syracuse led 26-16 and the easy offense flowed into the second stanza.Freshmen bigs Amaya Finklea-Guity and Strautmane found success backing down smaller Clemson forwards and hitting easy four-foot turnarounds. “If we could even come out and play just as well as our perimeter players,” Finklea-Guity said, “I think it will overall just be a great game.”They were afforded one-on-one chances because Clemson’s guards had pushed out to hold rank at the 3-point line, but even that didn’t stop SU’s guards, even the ones who don’t eat up a majority of minutes like Mangakahia, from exploiting the Tigers’ defense.With fewer than five minutes until halftime, Chelayne Bailey drove from the right wing, hit a spin move mid-drive and scooped in a layup. As Bailey twisted in the lane, the Orange bench rose and Dez Elmore walked a ways out on the baseline, finally fist pumping when Bailey’s shot fell.A little later, Jasmine Nwajei had the ball at the top of the key with six seconds on the shot clock and two defenders in front of her. It seemed SU would be jacking up a bad look, but Nwajei blew past both defenders for an easy two points at the rim.“Reading the defense,” Mangakahia said of how SU exploited the Clemson defense. “Whatever they’re in, we have to do the opposite instead of (playing) into their hands.”At halftime, the Orange led by 14, and the only reason it was that close was Clemson’s Kobi Thornton, who had 14 of her own at the half.“She’s a triple-threat for them,” Hillsman said. “She’s a handful and did a very good job against us.”Thornton alone was never enough, though, especially when Syracuse opened the second half with an 18-2 run. The Tigers were buried, and the Orange played its game to near perfection.Clemson’s last breath came following the run in the third quarter, scoring four in a row off a made basket and a free possession on foul on the floor. If the Tigers were going to do anything, it was time.But Syracuse inbounded to Mangakahia, who sprinted up the court, drew contact and got the bucket to fall. Elmore stood up and pointed her finger at the floor, signaling the basket was good and mimicking the ref’s call in celebration.Syracuse was up 28, Mangakahia made the free throw and the rout was on. Comments Published on January 25, 2018 at 9:11 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

How will Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle & Jordan Clarkson develop together?

first_imgKobe Bryant will continue his farewell tour to commemorate his 20th and final NBA season. But Russell, Randle and Jordan Clarkson will also start together in hopes of expediting their development and establishing some clarity on the franchise’s long-term prospects. “It’s about time we learn from each other,” Russell said. “When one of them or myself mess up, we can figure out how to grow on it.”Scott said he expects that trio to “get better at every little thing” during that time. But until this point, Russell, Randle and Clarkson rarely had a chance to do that collectively. According to’s Statscube, Randle, Russell and Clarkson played together in 52 games in an average of 12.6 minutes per contest. During that stretch, the Lakers averaged 25.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting, 11.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.6 turnovers. There also marked 16 games they did not play together at all, with five of those games stemmed from various injuries. Yet, none of those players have publicly questioned Scott’s lineup decisions. In fact, Randle agreed with Scott’s decision. “It probably made us cherish starters’ minutes in this league more,” Randle said. “I know it did for me. It’s something you hold with tremendous honor to be able to start in this league.” It remains a small sample size through two games. But the trio offered varying signs of progress and setbacks. In Sunday’s loss in Chicago, Russell balanced between playing aggressively and organizing the offense en route to 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting and six assists through 34 minutes. Yet, Russell’s nine points, five rebounds and four assists in Monday’s loss to Milwaukee seemed quiet after the Lakers shot 36.8 percent from the field. After logging 23 double-doubles this season to lead his sophomore class, Randle had nearly as many fouls (three) as points (five) and rebounds (seven). Though Clarkson scored in double figures for the 26th consecutive game and tied a career-high in 3-pointers (four) against Milwaukee, that did not spark a prolific team offense.That explains why Bryant sat with Russell during the fourth quarter and talked with him about “trying to connect the dots in one, two, three, four moves ahead.”“Individually, they all can score. But now it’s a matter of how do you connect those dots and put defenses in situations where because of individual strengths, the defense is always a step behind,” Bryant said. “It’s about how do you connect D’Angelo, Clarkson and Randle when you put the defense behind the play? It takes a lot of time and takes a lot of film study. But that’s the magic.” Yet, the Lakers sounded anxious on how long it will take to produce that magic.“We’re trying to get it together and start making it click as fast as we can,” Clarkson said. “This losing is not fun. But at the same time we know we’re young. We just have to stick to the script.” The Lakers have plenty of ideas on how to write that. With Randle averaging 12.9 points and 11.7 rebounds in his past 15 starts, Russell told him to “stay aggressive.” “‘Whenever a team decides to figure out how to stop you,’” Russell said, “‘we’re here to run some offense.’”After admitting he felt uncomfortable adapting to the game’s tempo off the bench, Randle has pledged to force opponents to adjust toward his play instead of the other way around.“You come out the start of the game and dictate how things are going to go for the team,” Randle said. “You’re not stepping into a game blindsided. It’s a better feel.” And with the Lakers ranking 27th out of 30 NBA teams in points allowed (106.7), Clarkson argued lowering those numbers starts out on the perimeter.“We got to take it on our own,” Clarkson said. “We’re not getting too much help. So we have to keep everything in front of us and take it as an individual matter.”All of which Russell argued could happen if the trio changes one thing.“Watch film together,” he said. “We should’ve done it earlier in the year. But I guess we were caught up in different ways.”That trio also became caught up in different lineups. But now that Randle, Russell and Clarkson are on the same one, only on-court minutes will tell how many times they will show positive glimpses of their long-term potential. “They’re all young and very intelligent young men and want to do well,” Scott said. “They have to learn how to do it in a team concept.”Quote box: “They all can score. But now it’s a matter of how do you connect those dots.” — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on how D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle can develop together MEMPHIS >> As they relished feeding off of each other, D’Angelo Russell pulled Julius Randle to the side. The two initially sounded confused when Lakers coach Byron Scott stripped away their starting positions nearly two months ago both to humble them and spark better results. But with Scott granting Russell his starting position back this week, the Lakers’ rookie point guard spent his first appearance outlining his long-term goal to his young teammate.“Let’s grow together,” Russell told Randle.In a season destined for a third consecutive missed playoff appearance, Russell’s words partly explained the purpose in the remaining 24 games, including when the Lakers (11-46) visit the Memphis Grizzlies (32-23) today at FedEx Forum.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more